"Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" as written by and Mac Pka Dr John Rebbenack....
They call me, Dr. John, The Night Tripper
Got my sizzling Gris-Gris in my hand
Day trippin' up, back down by you
I'm the last of the best
They call me the Gris-Gris man
Got many clients
Come from miles around
Running down my prescription
I got my medicine, to cure all your ills
I got remedies of every description

(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya)
Hey Now
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya)
Hey Now

If you got love trouble, got a bad woman you can't control
I got just the thing for you
Something called control in the hearts get together drops.
If you work to hard and you need a little rest
Try my utilize rub put some on my drop fix and jam,
Put some in your breakfast.

Try a little bit ah
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Hey Now
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)

They call me, Dr. John
Known as the Night Tripper
Sazzle a little Gris-Gris in my hand
Day trippin' up, Back down by you
I'm the last of the best
They call me the Gris-Gris man

Sellin'
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Mm
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Mm Mm Mm

So why war if your neighbors give you trouble
Put your fitness in the street
Seal a Jew in my whole car in the street
Try my Dragon Blood
My Drawen Hidin'
My Secret Sand
Try a little black cat if your woman got another man

So easy does it as you put it in the palm of your hand

(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Put on a woman's feet
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Mumble
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
No, no, no
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Hey Now..

(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)
(Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya)


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"Gris Gris Gumbo Yaya" as written by Mac Pka Dr John Rebbenack

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  • +2
    General Commenti think the second line is:

    "got my satchel of gris-gris in my hand"

    i never knew what gris-gris was until my cousin (who graduated from grambling in new orleans) let me know it referred to voodoo fetishes, dolls, herbs, etc.

    i love this song, and dr. john.
    raburnson January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Try a little black cat oil if your womasn's got another man"
    Some war water if your neighbors give you trouble put your business in the street"

    "Try some Dragon BVlood my Drawn Powder and my Sacred Sand.."
    History079on December 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe second verse should be as follows:

    "If you got love trouble, got a bad woman you can't control
    I got just the thing for you
    Something called Controlling Oil and some Get Together Drops.
    If you work to hard and you need a little rest,
    Try my Easy Life Rub or put some of my Boss-Fix Jam in your breakfast."

    Gris-gris, Controlling Oil, Black Cat Oil, Boss-Fix, War Water; these are all known Hoodoo remedies.
    You can find a lot of these things here:
    luckymojo.com/…
    musicalmauraon July 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, "Bayou", not "by you".
    musicalmauraon July 13, 2015   Link

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